CBS Films has decided to take a chance on 'Gambit' and has picked up U.S. rights to the remake of the 1966 British comedy that starred Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine. This is one redo that boasts a fine pedigree: The screenplay is by Joel and Ethan Coen, the director is Michael Hoffman ('The Last Station') and the film stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. The story centers on an art curator (Firth) who enlists the services of a Texas steer roper (Diaz) to help him con a wealthy collector into buying a phony Monet painting. Shooting begins in London this May. [TheWrap]
20th Century Fox wants to stay in business with Thor Freudenthal, who directed the hit kid comedy 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid,' so the studio has acquired 'Scavengers' for him to direct. According to Deadline, the story revolves around three estranged brothers who discover that their recently deceased dad's will instructs them to go on a scavenger hunt to find the inheritance he left for them. The clues make them relive some of the childhood experiences they shared with their father.
Paramount is moving ahead with its Barbra Streisand comedy 'My Mother's Curse,' setting a March 30, 2012, release date for the film. Seth Rogen will co-star in the mother-son road trip comedy that centers on a traveling salesman (Rogen) who takes his mother (Streisand) on the road with him so that he can reunite her with a former fling. Anne Fletcher ('The Proposal') will direct from a script by Dan Fogelman ('Cars'), who loosely based the story on his own experiences traveling with his mom. [The Hollywood Reporter]
WWE Studios is branching out and making a film that doesn't star one of the macho men from its stable of wrestlers: The company has cast Eric McCormack in 'Barricade,' a supernatural thriller about a psychiatrist who takes his two kids to a remote cabin in the hopes that they can heal the wounds left after the sudden death of his wife. Instead, they're terrorized by unknown forces. Andrew Currie ('Fido') is directing the film, which will shoot in and around Vancouver later this month. [HeatVision]
File this under one more bad idea: A movie based on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Hollywood Reporter reports that producers Scott Glassgold and Raymond Brothers of IAM Entertainment have closed a deal for rights to develop a film centering on the department store's annual parade in New York. One of the concepts they've come up with: The floats spring to life. "We're aiming to make a four-quadrant, family-friendly film somewhere in that 'Night at the Museum,' 'Elf' sweet spot," Glassgold told THR. Macy's is keen on the project: "We are always searching for the next 'Miracle on 34th Street,' Macy senior vp Robin Hall said.
And last, but not least, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1' became the franchise's all-time best earner at the foreign box office, taking in $657.2 million. That's slightly ahead of the first film, 'Sorcerer's Stone,' which took in $657 million at the foreign box office. But the first title in the series is still the No. 1 worldwide champ for the franchise, taking in $974.7 million ('Deathly Hallows' has garnered north of $951 million). The total for the series to date: a whopping $6.37 billion.